Mark Hogan Transcript Translation: With a joie de vivre that connected with the world at large, she oozed the sensuality of a modern day Monroe-Bardot combo, but not unlike her on-screen character, she also had a darker side.
Fast-forward more than 30 years. I browse the guest list in advance. One name jumps out: In a frenetic Uber ride across the city, we witness the merry violation of most of the rules of the road.
On arrival at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, we carefully pass a Fender Strat on to the boat, then leap on board just as it begins to set off down the Seine. TV celebrities, former Formula 1 and boxing stars, musicians including Oscar winning composer Francis Lai , and the odd multi-millionaire are all here to support the life-saving work of 20, Vies. She looks me up and down. How did you land the role of Betty? It happened by chance; I did the cover of Photo magazine I was exactly what they were looking for.
So, they made me do the auditions. All the actresses in France were interested. But before that, there was obviously no picture of me on the book. The shopkeeper looks at me — he had just read it.
It was like a sign, a premonition. Did you have any idea of the reaction Betty Blue would cause worldwide? It was the first time I was working! When the movie came out, no one knew who I was. Almost overnight, it established you as the public paradigm of modern femininity. Did you struggle to adjust?
I thank God every day for this incredible life. What was it like to live in that moment? People took an interest in me, girls wanted to look like me. So, I lived up to everything. I would have signed up for the army, to live a community life. I enjoy touring, I like living together with friends, the loyalty. Look at what some guy sent me.
And there are so many people tattooing stuff everywhere! And these are young people. What was it like working with Jean-Jacques Beineix? I was a child almost. There were fights and there were crises. It was very weird, but it was still magical. We shot it over three months, September to November, where the weather was beautiful.
We were in amazing places. What were the best and worst experiences? But drugs open your eyes. Last year, you spoke of stealing body parts from corpses in a morgue and selling them to medical students for drugs — and you ate the ear of a corpse while on acid.
When I was a teenager, I was fascinated by death and I still am today. With friends, you know, it was quite easy to go into hospital morgues; we would go in and take pictures with dead bodies and steal stuff! I have not killed anyone, I have not hurt anyone, so this needs to be put back into perspective.
Would you ever take acid again? I have no idea! I arrived in Paris. I was 14, and in my head, I feel I have not aged! I still want to do stuff, I want to have fun, to meet new people, learn from them, feed from their intellect. Sex, drugs, rock and roll… [interrupting] Yeah! You made your stage debut three years ago. Is doing theatre very different to movies? The way we talk in movies is how we talk in the streets: Through cinema, I did discover great authors like Pasolini, but theatre This is especially so with the classical texts.
When you have Seneca, Sophocles or Shakespeare — the texts could have been written last month, they never date. How do you choose roles? So, it comes down to a man or a woman whose intellect makes me want to be part of the project, a person whose intellect I respect.
Do you prepare differently for theatre and film roles? I like it a lot. But it is the work that I like. What role would you love to have been written for you?
Which directors do you most admire? And who would you like to work with? English cinema is incredible. I was in love with him before I met him, the most beautiful man in the world! I would love to act with him. No, it was because the subject interested me. I must have done 65 films. The food for thought is what matters to me. And I quite like that they make you work more and are more demanding. Suddenly there is no seduction going on, only the work matters.
But me, I need an idea, a subject that is going to make people think, so that when you finish the film you ask yourself some questions and you get something from it. How did you find working with American directors Ferrara and Jarmusch? Amazing experiences, as they are each one of a kind, independent directors, and they are true auteurs.
There were not big budgets. They were directors with whom I dreamt of working, so I was very proud to be chosen You were in trouble with the US consul? That same week I had to go to court for a trial regarding drugs. I went to the embassy to do the paperwork. There was no conviction: I was just a user, not a dealer. These days, I only wear Yves Saint Laurent. I am very proud that they asked me to do stuff with them: You ran away from home as a teenager and stole clothes from Yves Saint-Laurent stores in Paris!
So, I went to great shops and dressed like a princess. They took the dress and I spent the whole weekend in jail. I was getting married on the Monday at 3. So, if Chantal Thomass hears this, well, I stole her dress twice to be beautiful on my wedding day.
Is it more difficult to be an actress than an actor? There are always more parts for men. You seem drawn to dark characters? Absolutely, I like them better. I see myself more in dramatic tragedies. When you see me on-screen, you see me as I really am.
Trouble Every Day by Claire Denis [in which she plays a cannibal]. Of all the movies I made, this is my favourite. Domain I also love. I know Eric since , and it was pretty intimidating to work with him. But it worked really well.